With words like anti-aging thrown onto practically every skin-care item in your medicine cabinet these days, you may think you’re totally covered against wrinkles. But if you’re ignoring the area around your eyes, your age may start showing sooner than you’d like. “This is the area that shows your age the most,” says Ildi Pekar, a NYC-based esthetician. We asked her to share her favorite tips to prevent the appearance and development of crow’s feet.
We’ll tell you time and time again: Wear SPF 30+ every single day. Sun exposure causes aging, which includes wrinkles like crow’s feet, says Pekar. By protecting your skin, you not only nip early signs of aging in the bud, but you’ll also reduce your risk of skin cancer. It’s a win-win.
Wear UV Protection Sunglasses
When in doubt, double your protection. It’s generally a good rule of thumb, and especially so when it comes to preventing wrinkles around the eyes. In addition to wearing sunscreen, Pekar recommends donning a pair of UV-protecting shades whenever you’re out in the sun. She says sunglasses will not only prevent sun damage, but will also keep you from giving yourself crow’s feet from squinting.
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Use A Plumping, Moisturizing Eye Cream
Pekar says that a simple way to fill in fine lines and prevent new ones from forming is to apply a moisturizing eye cream day and night. When skin cells are plumped up with hydration, the appearance of wrinkles lessens. She says to look for a cream that includes hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, cucumber extract, and honey.
“Peptides are a small chain of proteins that affect your skin and promote young skin,” says Pekar. In her words, peptides work as a natural botox, creating natural collagen in your skin and relaxing facial wrinkles, while stimulating new cell growth. This one is a knockout for both preventative and concealing purposes—while your crow’s feet won’t be gone forever, they’ll be significantly harder to detect.
Massage Around Your Eyes
Crow’s feet crop up when we smile for a reason—they’re expression lines, ingrained into the skin from repeated use. “This is the area you wrinkle so quickly because [it] has the most active muscles,” says Pekar. “So you need to relax those muscles every night.” She recommends gently massaging around your eyes for five minutes each night when you apply your eye cream to loosen the muscles.
Get a Facial
Treating yourself to a pampering session may seem extravagant, but Pekar insists that it’s essential to keeping your skin looking healthy and young. “Getting a facial every month or two can help stimulate and increase the circulation in your face,” she says. Feel like splurging? She recommends trying a microcurrent facial, which she describes as a mild electrical current that tones your facial muscles back to their youthful state. But be warned—it can cost upward of $250.
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